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LCRA's big plans to address future droughts

LCRA's big plans to address future droughts

Lakeway resort and spa
Lakeway Resort & Spa on Lake Travis would benefit from LCRA's proposed reservoir. Photo courtesy of Lakeway Resort and Spa

AUSTIN -- Lakeway Resort and Spa is a full-service luxury hotel. It’s got a great view of Lake Travis, that’s half full of water.

“We do hair, we do nails…we have two heated pools,” said Bob Kisker, its general manager.

Kisker said business is great but he admits the drought poses a potential perception problem.

“What I think would worry me is if people got the wrong impression that the lake wasn't functionable,” Kisker said.

Lake Travis water levels are only at 40 percent.

“That's a big concern to me,” said Lakeway Mayor Dave DeOme.

DeOme worries continued drought conditions could impact basic services.

“Water for drinking and for emergency services, fire, that kind of thing,” said DeOme.

“We're in a very, very serious drought,” said Beck Motal, general manager at the Lower Colorado River Authority

Next month, she plans to ask LCRA's board to build a massive reservoir in Wharton County.

If built, it will collect rainwater south of Lake Travis, that typically goes uncollected and into the Gulf of Mexico.

“So we can utilize water we capture down there and thus not have to release it out of the highland lakes,” Motal said.

Plus, the LCRA is waiting for the state to authorize drilling water out of Bastrop County.

Mayor DeOme said he wants quicker action.

“That's what, three years away? I'm more concerned with what's happening right now to be honest with you,” he said.

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